Wrongful Death: Lonely woman grieving on park bench.

Wrongful Death

Successfully representing clients in wrongful death claims

The legal definition of wrongful death is straightforward. It happens when a person dies because of a wrongful act of another. For example, a drunk driver crashes into another car and kills one of the passengers. A factory worker is killed on the job because the company he worked for failed to make necessary safety upgrades. Or a patient dies because of a medication error.

But no textbook definition can express the anguish a family suffers after losing a loved one in these or similar scenarios. It cannot express the impact of the death on their lives, from the emotional suffering to the financial hardships that often accompany such tragedies.

The wrongful death lawyers at Berman & Simmons understand these challenges. For more than 100 years, we have been trusted advocates by Maine families who have lost loved ones as a result of the wrongful actions of others, and we have successfully handled some of the highest profile wrongful death cases in Maine history.

Proving a wrongful death claim and delivering full compensation to the survivors requires a law firm with extraordinary talent, a proven track record, the resources to take on any opponent, and a fearless approach to litigation. In Maine, we are proud to be that firm.

Call 207-784-3576 for a free consultation.

Wrongful death cases require the best and most experienced wrongful death lawyers

In our civil justice system, the families of wrongful death victims are entitled to compensation for lost companionship, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S. Our attorneys are skilled at proving fault and have experience in handling wrongful death cases of all types involving:

Call 207-784-3576 for a free consultation. You pay nothing unless we win by settlement or jury verdict.

How do I find out if I have a valid wrongful death claim?

The first step in determining whether or not you have a wrongful death claim is to consult with one of our attorneys. Generally, you must be a family member of the deceased (spouse, child, parent, or other relative) to bring a claim. Starting with the information you provide, our team will obtain and examine the relevant documents, such as police reports, investigative materials, autopsy and medical records, and more.

What damages are recoverable in Maine through a wrongful death claim?

It is the Personal Representative of the estate of the deceased who brings death cases in Maine. We can assist you or the family of the deceased in setting up an estate and naming a Personal Representative. Under Maine law, the following types of damages may be recovered:

  • Pain and suffering of the deceased between the time of injury and death

  • The deceased's medical and funeral expenses

  • Economic losses caused by the deceased's death, such as loss of income

  • Emotional distress and loss of society, comfort and care

  • Punitive damages

A law firm that actually listens to you

We have helped countless families throughout Maine that have suffered the loss of a loved one. While we focus on maximizing your financial recovery, we can also serve as a partner for many of your other needs. Our lawyers and staff members take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns, and come up with helpful solutions.

LET US HELP YOU WIN

Call 207-784-3576 for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal rights. 

Back to Top

Contact Us
FREE Case Evaluation

Law Articles, Cases, and/or News about Wrongful Death

PORTLAND, Maine, April 7, 2017 — The Berman & Simmons law firm released a statement today on behalf of Justin Perry of Steep Falls, regarding the indictment...

Every tort lawyer knows the simple definition of negligence: “failure to use ordinary care under the circumstances.” When presented with a new case, we are trained to look at an...

Attorney Daniel G. Kagan

The Berman & Simmons law firm has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Philip Macri arising out of a Dec. 1 crash in...

Steven Silin, Berman & Simmons

The Berman & Simmons law firm on Thursday released a statement on behalf of Kellie Foley, mother of Jayden Cho-Sargent,...

Steven Silin, Berman & Simmons

LEWISTON, Maine, Dec. 23, 2016 — Family members of Lorna Nugent, the 56-year-old Casco woman killed...

Michael Bigos, Berman & Simmons

AUBURN, Maine, Nov. 15, 2016 — Harvest Hill Farm pleaded guilty today to a felony charge of driving...

Cassidy Charette